Now that autumn has arrived, the fall season of events is in full swing in the Ohio Valley.
If you check out the October Calendar of Events in today's Life section, you will see listings for a plethora of fall festivals, craft fairs, art shows, concerts, lectures and many fundraisers related to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you can't find something of interest to do in the area in the coming month, then you might want to rethink your definition of fun!
A floating, four-story-high, inflatable, yellow rubber duck docked in Pittsburgh Friday, Sept. 27.
The rubber duck, created by Studio Florentijn Hofman, has been "spreading joy" around the world and is making its U.S. debut in Pittsburgh now through Sunday, Oct. 20. The Rubber Duck Project's visit has been arranged by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The giant floating duck will be moored at Point State Park after its initial debut near the Roberto Clemente Bridge and PNC Park, organizers said.
In connection with this ducky event, VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pa., has compiled a list of special hotel "Quackages," restaurant discounts and themed products offered to duck watchers.
Wheeling is definitely in the spotlight in the fall issue of Goldenseal, a magazine celebrating traditional life in West Virginia. Two feature articles in the magazine concern Wheeling area residents.
Singer and children's book author JoAnn Davis is profiled in an article, titled "Singer, Author, Survivor" and written by Mort Gamble of Bethany. He writes of Davis' early life and struggles, her career as a popular entertainer on the Jamboree USA stage in Wheeling, her triumph over cancer and her new avocation as an author of a children's storybook, "Finding Pepper," and a writer of inspirational messages.
Meanwhile, the historic farm home of Ted and Jeanne Carter is explored in an article, titled "Everbreeze: Life at an Ohio County Landmark" and written by Carl E. Feather from Ashtabula County, Ohio. The article notes that the farm, one of the oldest working farms in the county, has been in Ted Carter's family for five generations.
Feather, who also took accompanying photographs, observed, "Everbreeze is aptly named. There is always a breeze and more often a wind that blows across this ridge near West Liberty."
The freelance writer added, "The two-story brick home, erected between 1848 and 1852, houses both the family and the artifacts of Carter history in Wheeling." Feather pointed out that when the couple's two great-grandsons visit, they are "the eighth generation of Carters to lay down their heads at night at Everbreeze."
Feather said of Ted and Jeanne Carter: "In the nearly two decades they have lived at Everbreeze, they have protected the historical integrity of the house and farm buildings wherever possible. But they have also made concessions, including a modern kitchen befitting a former television cooking-show hostess, home economics teacher and 4-H leader."
Jeanne Carter told me that they were surprised to open up the current issue of Goldenseal and see the lengthy article and photos of Everbreeze.
She related that Feather called them after he covered the first Irish Road Bowling event on the road in front of Everbreeze. The writer later visited them and learned of the home two years ago. Just as this year's edition of Irish Road Bowling started on Saturday, Sept. 7, "the postman delivered our copy of the magazine," she said.
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org